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To the Editor: We have known Matt Schmit and his family for as long as we have lived in Red Wing. They are honest, hardworking people and we are proud to call them our friends. Matt is a successful small business owner who has experience bringing people together to get things done. He would represent our community well in St. Paul. We believe in Matt so much that we have helped him knock on over 15,000 doors in Senate District 21 over the past few months. Our message is simple: We need to make Minnesota work again.
To the Editor: The Minnesota Cities Stormwater Coalition is an organization of municipal professionals dedicated to cleaner water. By representing over 100 cities throughout Minnesota, the MCSC has become an effective voice in dealing with the mandatory regulations from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. As chairman of the 11-member MCSC Steering Committee, I have worked alongside Paul Drotos for five years to implement stormwater pollution prevention measures. Paul possesses a keen insight for the complex issues of stormwater management.
To the Editor: I am disappointed to see two articles in the R-E that are nothing more than positive propaganda in favor of frac sand mines. (Sept. 29, "Wisconsin sand mines home to flourishing bat habitats" and "Trout Unlimited, mining company team up for river restoration." The R-E has done zero investigative reporting about frac sand mining and there is no "other side" to the issue explained in either one of the recent "Aw Shucks" style articles.
To the Editor: Lisa Bayley deserves another term on Red Wing's City Council. Lisa brings a common sense approach to the significant issues facing our community. Her work on the conservation easement at Bay Point Park and what to do with Red Wing's incinerator and the Mississippi National Golf Course are but a few examples of the practical approach Lisa brings to her role on the Council. We need Lisa to continue to address these and other important issues in her no-nonsense, energetic, can-do manner. Perry Sekus Red Wing
To the Editor: I support Ralph Rauterkus' re-election to our City Council. I watched his extraordinary contribution to public service while he served the Port Authority. He is an accomplished analyst; willing to devote many hours of his personal time to an end which would benefit all citizens. When he served as chair of the Budget & Finance Committee, he attended the meetings well-prepared; capable of defining complex financial matters to those of us who appreciated them in "layman's" terms.
To the Editor: I attended the Wabasha County budget meeting Sept. 11 in Millville. The atmosphere was welcoming. My main reason was to see and hear the information commissioners will be using to set the 2013 budget. I also wanted to experience the climate, given all the attention to Wabasha County politics the media has provided. It seems that after several tough economic decisions were made in county government, a deep level of distrust developed in the community. Commissioner Deb Roschen was the main presenter. She openly sought the input and opinions.
To the Editor: I sincerely appreciated John Kern's thoughtful letter titled "Majority, don't impose your beliefs just because you can." Its frank, factual content made great sense. (R-E, Sept. 19) At the same time, I found myself thinking about the comments of a "religiously conservative" friend of mine who said, 'I'm going to vote 'no,' because this is a religious question not a legal one." Since the formation of the United States, we have prided ourselves on the fundamental principle of separation of church and state.
To the Editor: This week, Rep. John Kline signed a letter to House Speaker John Boehner urging him to allow wind energy tax credits to expire at the end of the year. The letter calls for our government to stop investing in "losers" in the energy marketplace. Kline's idea that the wind industry is a loser is ironic: the 2nd Congressional District, which Kline represents, ranks 5th in country for installed wind capacity.
To the Editor: Diversity ... yes! I am a proud member of Red Wing's St. Paul's Lutheran Church. In the past few months I have become involved in the Reconciling in Christ and Invite groups. As a member of these teams, I experienced my first Red Wing Diversity Festival as an active participant. The festival brought a large group of very diverse people together.
To the Editor: As we consider the candidates for Minnesota state Senate this year, there could not be a more qualified, respectable, and honorable choice than Sen. John Howe. Howe worked tirelessly to represent the city of Red Wing as mayor, and he has continued that dedicated service by representing over 75,000 people as our state senator. Howe understands the need to make state government more effective and efficient for us. Howe has the experience of a small business owner and understands what is needed to promote job creation.